Words from the Heart for Thursday April 25th, 2019
…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
If My People
Indigenous peoples have been in Canada for thousands of years. They formed complex social, political, economic and cultural systems before Europeans came to North America. There are three categories of Indigenous peoples in Canada: Inuit, Metis and First Nations. The Inuit primarily inhabit the northern regions of Canada. Their homeland, known as Inuit Nunangat, includes much of the land, water and ice contained in the Arctic region. The Métis people are of mixed European and Indigenous ancestry, and live mostly in the Prairie provinces and Ontario. First Nations peoples traditionally occupy territories south of the Arctic.
There are some verses in the Bible that are more well known that others. Such is the case with 2 Chronicles 7:14: “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Sin is always a problem. It causes people to stumble and fall and it destroys lives and nations. God calls His people to a life of holiness and purity. When we fail to do so, we miss out on God’s best for us. There is good news. Our God is always the God of second chance. When we stumble, we are called to be humble. The moment we yield to sin we need to humbly come before our God and seek His forgiveness. He promises here that He will always forgive us when in repentance we turn from our sin and turn back to the Lord. He has seen our sin and immediately listens for us turn from that sin and seek His forgiveness and healing.
These have been words from the heart.